kick in

kicked in; kicking in; kicks in

Definition of kick in

intransitive verb

1 : to begin operating or having an effect : get started waiting for the heater to kick in
2 : to make a contribution
3 slang : die

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Examples of kick in in a Sentence

if everyone in the department kicks in, we can give him an especially nice present for his retirement the ornery cuss finally kicked in at the ripe old age of 90
Recent Examples on the Web But overpopulation kicked in and the old bodies had to be dug up to make room for fresh corpses. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 It’s time to kick in the door and enter fall with full force! Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Add Some Grunge To Your Fall Look With These Fierce Boots," 3 Sep. 2019 The hours are long, going from breakfast until midnight six days a week, with an all-day menu to cover breakfast and the basics, augmented by a dinner menu that kicks in at 5:30 and a weekend brunch menu that stretches from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar finds 2-star comfort zone near the Pearl," 29 Aug. 2019 That’s an immense gap for the five years until the Pac-12’s new deal kicks in — years that will assuredly tick more slowly on the Pac-12 campuses than in the conference office. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 media strategy: Larry Scott envisions a jackpot, but obstacles loom (in our opinion)," 26 Aug. 2019 Justice’s hotel soon became the program’s largest participant, kicking in $176,000 for the ad campaign in its first two years. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest," 15 Aug. 2019 Trying to find a voice is, for me, the first step—a little challenge to work at until the story kicks in. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "George Saunders on the Induced Bafflement of Fiction," 12 Aug. 2019 The second half of the year is traditionally important for car makers to clear out their inventory before new subsidy policies kicks in. Echo Huang, Quartz, "Beijing’s subsidy cut is starting to hurt China’s largest electric car company," 7 Aug. 2019 While her morals urge her to bring the deceased to his rightful resting place, her survival instincts kick in, and Leigh tries to conceal the body in an attempt to save herself and her son from persecution. Joey Nolfi,, "Exclusive Blood on Her Name trailer previews grisly thrills for Fantasia Fest," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of kick in

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of kick in was in 1906

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